CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning
This class focuses on giving students the necessary skills to solve problems through reading and researching cases and law reviews.
0:06 The 420, the Legal Law Criminal Reasoning course is a required course in the criminal justice program.
0:12 Part of the 420 course is dealing with the anxiety that is involved with something new and doesn’t mean you are going to do poorly grade wise, but it means it is going to be new and it is going to be a learning experience which means it will probably take a while until you feel comfortable. So we try to teach them about finding cases and reading cases and finding law reviews and reading law reviews not for the sake of just doing it but for the sake of taking the information to solve problems. And what we – what we are doing is doing it through multiple exercises. I’m not really interested in the grade here. I’m interested in developing the skill. So we have the ability from these research exercises for them to reflect on it and redo them. With the goal being at the end of the term they actually are relatively conversive in cases. If they were in an agency and a case came down from the Supreme Court and someone in the agency said oh my gosh, can you tell us how this case impacts the agency my student wouldn’t say oh, I don’t know. I can find it in my textbook somewhere and they can explain it. No, they feel comfortable. I can read the case. I can tell you about the majority opinion. I can tell you about what the concurrent opinion is. [Unintelligible] and I can break the case down and talk about it. It is an advantage. We are going to look so much better in the agency being able to do that. That is going to differentiate them. It is going to build confidence. So we work on that in the class. But we don’t expect people coming in with anything.
1:54 The end is we develop confidence and oral articulation. They develop some research skills, they see a problem. They see how information is used to solve a problem as opposed to information is used to find some already developed answer just a question and find your way through books to get the answer.
2:13 So the goals in the 420 are different. We are trying to develop some basic skills and confidence level. And again, we have a lot of individual context. And a lot of encouragement about coming into the office and talking with me about things.
2:31 My name is Bob Lockwood and I will be your professor.